‘I’m proud of the president today to hear that he is declaring victory…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Republicans are divided over President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who follows a non-interventionist foreign policy, has praised the president’s decision to bring about 2,000 American soldiers home.
I am happy to see a President who can declare victory and bring our troops out of a war. It’s been a long time since that has happened. https://t.co/fEBb8080fK
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 19, 2018
In a speech Paul gave on Wednesday about the Deep State, he discussed Trump’s America-First policy in Syria.
“I’m proud of the president today to hear that he is declaring victory in Syria,” Paul said on the Senate floor. “Most of the voices around here like to stay everywhere for all time, and they believe that it doesn’t work unless you go somewhere and stay forever. The president has the courage to say, ‘We won in Syria, and we’re coming home.’ First president in my lifetime really to do that.
“And that’s why President Trump is different, and that’s why I think President Trump is one that we should all look to for some changes and for some reform of the Deep State.”
Meanwhile, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham, Joni Ernst, Tom Cotton, and Marco Rubio joined with liberal Sens. Angus King and Jeanne Shaheen to oppose Trump’s America-First policy.
They sent a letter to the president, warning that the region will become more dangerous if the United States stops policing it.
“If you decide to follow through with your decision to pull our troops out of Syria, any remnants of ISIS in Syria will surely renew and embolden their efforts in the region,” the senators wrote. “The withdrawal of American presence from Syria also bolsters two other adversaries to the United States, Iran and Russia.”
Legislation on the Senate floor would place sanctions on Syria, a move that Paul said would “prevent reconstruction of Syria and the beginning of a healing time.”
“There are many actors, including Russia, Iran, Turkey, the U.S., and others, but this is the time for diplomacy, not for new sanctions. So I object [to the sanctions]” Paul said.